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Theme: Future. In Pursuit of an Answer

This event occurred on
November 8, 2013
1:00pm - 7:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Hamburg, HH

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Building A, Hamburg University of Technology
Hamburg University of Technology
Gebaeude A, Schwarzenbergstrasse 93
Hamburg, HH, 21073
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Daniel Philipp

Daniel Philipp is the Managing Director and co-founder of MicroEnergy International. Daniel has 17 years of experience in microfinancing with 10 years of experience in microfinanced energy systems. He is an expert in technical assistance and enterprise development services for microfinance institutions in order to design, implement and evaluate environmental and energy-specific credit programs. He is a founder and member of the research group "MicroEnergy Systems", an interdisciplinary center initiated in collaboration with the Institute for Energy Engineering at the Technische Universtät Berlin, that originally started out as a single project cooperation with the NGO "RESULTS Germany" as well as the Grameen Bank subsidiary Grameen Shakti in Bangladesh.

Ralf Otterpohl

Ralf Otterpohl is full university professor in the field of civil and environmental engineering. He is director of the Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection at TUHH, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany. The institute has a focus on high-tech recycling systems for water, nutrients and soil conditioners, mainly the Blackwater Loop System of Intaqua AG. Reuse systems on the low-cost end are Terra Preta Sanitation, ecological sanitation designed to produce highly fertile soils e.g. for reforestation. This is linked to energy production through pyrolysis in simple stoves or as high-tech heat, power and charcoal co-generation. Such systems are part of his latest research activity on rural development with a focus on local added value production including soil improvement for long term water and food security. Ralf Otterpohl is also founder and co-owner of the consultancy Otterwasser GmbH, Lübeck, and head of the advisory board of Intaqua AG, Hamburg, Germany.

Béa Beste

Béa studied Economical Engineering at TU Berlin and Communication at the University of Fine Arts. During her studies, she established a trendmonitor in order to pay the babysitter for her baby daughter. She worked then for SAT.1 television and The Boston Consulting Group. Starting in 2005 she founded Phorms, a chain of bilingual private schools for grades K to 12 in Germany and has been its CEO until January 2011. Inspired by an education expedition through India, Australia, Indonesia and the US, she developed TOLLABOX, the playducation idea to merge the world of play with the world of learning. TOLLABOX is a monthly box for children 3+ delivering materials, inspiration and a story full of fantasy. With it, Béa aims to change the learning culture in the homes of families, towards more creativity, curiosity and 21. century learning skills.

Philipp Rosenthal

Philipp Rosenthal is a marketing and communication professional for complex products and service offerings. He started his career on the agency side and moved on to work in intl. sales, marketing and business development roles at Overture Services (inventor of search marketing), Yahoo! Inc. and United Internet Media. After 5 years global offering development and industry marketing the at the Finnish IT service firm Tieto he joined the Swiss digital transformation consultancy Infocentric Research AG in April 2013 as Principal and member of the executive board. He consults clients on executive and operations level and specializes in working for non-digital industries.

Sven Kräuter

Sven Kräuter is a process coach, technical consultant and a maker at making things happen. He helps start-ups and enterprises to boost their efficiency with agile methodologies and propels the effectiveness of the strategic product development introducing lean entrepreneurial approaches. He assists companies and agencies embracing a major part of the future interaction with the internet - the much quoted Internet Of Things - by offering workshops and consulting in the actual implementation of this evolving form of interaction.


RobotING@TUHH e.V. is a student club at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) that aims to program a team of NAO humanoid robots. Next year, the club will bring its team of robots to Brazil to compete in RoboCup.

Sydney Alfonso

Sydney Alfonso is the founder of Etkie, a social enterprise that improves the economic status of female artisans by addressing the cultural, educational, and social behaviors that sustain their vulnerability and marginalization. By catering support and training based on what each woman identifies as a barrier to change and self-efficacy, Etkie has transformed into a jewelry company that has successfully implemented the balance of people over profit.

Evans the Drummer

Evans the drummer is an artist, juggling contemporary themes and ideas in his own format. As a Hamburg based drummer and producer, his work spans from playing or programming music to performing it live on stage.

Organizing team


Hamburg, Germany


Hamburg, Munich, Germany
  • Jia Hui Lew
    Speaker Curation
  • Matthias Schmittmann
    Speaker Curation
  • Balaji Visvanath Bheeman
  • Kashyap Kompella
  • Logesh Venkatachalapathy
  • Pooja Kumar
  • Madhusudhan Padmanadan
    Marketing and Sponsoring
  • Ana Cristina Agüero
  • Eva Schueler
    Stage Design
  • Hendrikje Ermentraut
    Volunteer Coordination
  • Florian Roscheck
    Website Manager